Saturday, July 21, 2012

Strawberry Freezer Jam ($0.05 per Tbsp.)

$0.05 per Tbsp.     27% savings     save $7.69 yearly

It seems only natural to follow up the Best Wheat Bread post with this delicious Strawberry Freezer Jam. I'm officially changing the phrase, "___ goes together like 'bread and butter'," to 'bread and jam.' These two are perfect together! 

I've been eating this homemade strawberry jam since before I can remember. (Thank you, dear, dear mother!) and I wish I could say there's some super-ultra-mega-amazing secret to this jam... but there's not. AND it's a cinch to make. This recipe has no-sugar added versions, and low-sugar versions, but by golly, sometimes you just gotta have the real stuff! I personally feel that this is one of those times..

I make batches and batches of this strawberry-goodness in the early summer when the ingredients for this recipe are the least expensive, and even then, it doesn't last as long as I'd like. Apparently my children love it as much as I do. 

If making this jam seems intimidating, trust me when I say it's just about the easiest thing ever. Even though there isn't really a price difference between this jam and Smucker's, I encourage you to TRY it anyway. The major difference is in the taste: this jam tastes a MILLION times better. Maybe more... 

Strawberry Freezer Jam
Printable Version

*makes 4 cups

(Note: The recipe is found inside of the pectin box... told you it wasn't a secret. )

1  quart strawberries (that's a 2-pint box at the store)
4  cups sugar
1  1.75 oz. box pectin (found in the baking or canning aisle)
3/4  cup water

Set out clean containers and lids. (You choose the size. I've done 1-cup tupperware, and 3-cup tupperware. You just need enough to hold 4 cups and space at the tops of the containers to allow for the jam to expand once it's in the freezer.)

Wash the strawberries and remove the stems. Crush the berries with a potato masher or food processor. (I actually crush the berries a little then put them in the blender for a few seconds because my kids prefer a smooth jam with no fruit bits.)

Add the sugar to the mashed strawberries and stir until well incorporated. Let stand 10 minutes. 

While the fruit and sugar sit, mix 3/4 cup cool water and one box of pectin in a small saucepan. Over high heat, bring the mixture to a boil for one minute stirring constantly to avoid clumps. Remove from heat, and pour over the strawberries. Stir continuously for 3 minutes. 

Pour into prepared containers, cover with lids, and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours. 

Store in the freezer  and refrigerate after opening. Enjoy!

~ Savings ~

Cost Breakdown: (assuming sale pricing)
1 quart strawberries - $1.25 
1  1.75 oz box pectin - $1.54 
10 lb sugar - $5.58 = 378 T = $0.015/T = $0.96
Total recipe cost: $3.45
Per cup: $0.86
Per tablespoon serving: $0.05
The Contender:
Smucker's Strawberry Jam 32 oz.: $3.34
Per cup: $1.18
Savings: 27%

"Over a year" scenario:
Make Strawberry Freezer Jam recipe 6 times (24 cups): $20.70
Use 8 1/2 jars Smucker's Strawberry Jam 32 oz. (24 cups): $28.39
*Money saved annually: $7.69


  1. Love your blog. I found your blog through pinterest. Love your recipes. I came over here to see one recipe, and have been on your blog for about 2 hours, I think. So you can see, you have a very interesting blog, and it is so informative. Love all the information you give. Thanks for all your hard work.

  2. Once in the fridge opened, how long does it last?

    1. Hi Rachel,
      I've kept large containers in the fridge for 2 months with no issues. (Usually we go through a container much quicker.) If you are concerned with that length of time, just store the jam in small containers. I hope this helps!

  3. How many 1 pound boxes of strawberries would make up a quart?

    1. Hi Jen. A one-pound box is the same as 1 quart. :) Good luck!

    2. Thanks! I found strawberries on sale for $1 a pound, so I am going to make this! This is a lot of sugar, is there any way to reduce the amount and still have it turn out?

    3. Jen ~ did you already buy pectin? If not, I'd recommend getting the "reduced sugar" pectin or "sugar free" pectin. I've never used either, and am not sure what their recipes call for in place of sugar... but that would be your best bet. All that sugar in the recipe above is needed for the jam to turn out with regular pectin. Also, $1, a box?! That's great! We're still at $1.79. The strawberries don't hit $1 around here till mid-May or so. :)


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